SPO posted in Pampore decamps with service rifle, joins Hizb

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Srinagar, Jun 27: A special police officer (SPO) decamped with a service rifle from police Station Pampore area of Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday evening.
The SPO (Special Police Officer) has been identified as Irfan Ahmad Dar of Nihama, Kakpora, Pulwama, was escorting the concerned SHO.
“He is believed to have fled away with an AK-47 rifle along with the ammunition as he was not found inside the station since yesterday evening,” they said.
SSP Awantipora, Zahid Malik, when contacted, said that the SPO is missing from the police station.
“We are ascertaining the incident and investigations into it has been launched,” SSP said.
A joint team of army and SOG visited the spot and launched a massive manhunt to trace out the missing cop.
Meanwhile, Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit claimed that the SPO joined their ranks. (GNS)